The patent war between the technology giants made its way down under this week, with Samsung in Australia getting into a spat with Apple over the release of its Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple cried foul in court, saying the tablet infringed 10 of its patents including the ‘look and feel’ of its iPad. Initial reports suggested Samsung had reached an agreement with the company not to sell the product until the court action was resolved; however, it later emerged that, in a piece of apparent trickery, Samsung’s agreement was for a different variant of the tablet, and the launch of the Australian model would go ahead as planned. As for New Zealand, Samsung says the court action in Australia will not affect the launch here ‘in the near future’. Read the full saga here.
Overseas, Google took the patent battle to the hearts and minds of the online public, with executive David Drummond posting a missive on the Google blog claiming Apple, Microsoft and others are ganging up on Google to litigate its Android operating system out of existence. Microsoft countered
quickly, with two executives jumping on Twitter to point out that Google was offered a stake in a joint bid for one patent holder, Novell, but refused, and providing email evidence to back the claim up. Oops.
Back in New Zealand, while Samsung’s tablet launch is in question, Research In Motion (RIM) announced it has signed a deal with Ingram Micro to sell its Playbook tablet, in addition to a host of other devices in the Blackberry range. The deal follows another announcement last week declaring a distribution deal between RIM and Brightstar, indicating the company still has big plans for this region.
And speaking of launches, in the VoIP market Google began releasing the expanded version of its calling software, while Skype finally released the long-awaited Skype for iPad application. This sector is definitely one to keep an eye on, both for consumers looking for cheaper calling deals and for traditional telecommunications providers looking to stay on top of the market.
Finally, a study released early in the week claiming that users of Internet Explorer have a lower IQ than users of other browsers was revealed to be a hoax. The study aroused equal parts outrage and scepticism (and more than a little agreement) from the internet community; sure enough after some digging the BBC discovered the website of the supposed publishers, psychometric testing company AptiQuant, had only been in existence for around a month. The hoaxers had even taken the trouble to pilfer staff pictures from a genuine French testing company, Central Test.
For the record, this Techday writer uses Chrome at the office and IE at home.
Have a great weekend.